Ultra 2012 Says David Guetta "Means More to EDM Than Anyone in the United States"

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Ultra Music Festival's MC introduced David Guetta as "the man that means more to electric dance music than anyone in the United States."

Hmm, of all time? Definitely not. At the moment? You could make a strong argument for that.

Is he the DJ currently making the most money off of it in the US? Yeah, definitely. And at Ultra last night, he proved why.

He started out with his Sia-featuring single "Titanium." And he kept the Sia flowing with his remix of her and Flo-Rida's track "Wild Ones." For better or worse, Guetta wasn't going to play anything that wasn't of the moment.

He moved on to "Can't Stop Me," during which the song's co-producer -- Afrojack -- came out for a bit of a bow and a wave. Guetta and Jack then turned away from the decks to pose for a few snapshots with Steve Aoki and Lil Jon. Not sure what to make of a "performance" DJ who turns away from his deck for an impromptu photo shoot. But, uh, OK.

Hey, though, Guetta is a studio guy nowadays, and he unleashed a fresh new cut on the crowd with the world premier of his latest single, "Metropolis," co-starring Nicky Romero. By world premiere, we mean it's been online for a few weeks now. But apparently, this was the first time Guetta actually played it during a live show.

After a quick detour down the "When Love Takes Over" expressway (and even if it sort of deflated most of the dudely fist-pumping action in the audience, we do love that song), Guetta moved on the centerpiece of his set.

So what was the biggest song of Ultra? Avicii's "Levels." And what is the biggest non-EDM song among EDM fans at the moment? Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know." (Man, remember when Gotye was only relevant in EDM circles for rejecting a Supermayer remix? Look at that bro now).

Well, Guetta decided to smash the two together by playing Gotye's vocals over Avicci's beat. Depending on your point of view it was a bit of weekend-summarizing genius or a bit too obvious.

After finishing with Gotye, Guetta wasn't done with Avicci's beat yet. He stretched and mixed that track to extremes for at least 10 minutes before returning to his own track with "Memories."

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Guetta cut the music for a bit to talk in his French accent about the "sousands and sousands and sousands of pahty people" in the crowd, and then to crow about how "especially in America ... our music is taking over." Guetta's radio ubiquity certainly attests to the fact that a narrow strain of EDM-inspired music is, well, more popular. The fact that the closing portion of his set included two of his latest radio smashes -- "Turn Me On" and "Without You" -- proves it.

As the reigning prince of pop house, you don't want to do anything to put your status in jeopardy. So Guetta's set seemed safe at best. It was a bit too obvious. It strained for recognition. It was simple and crowd pleasing.

But when you're "the man that means more to electric dance music than anyone in the United States," we guess you have to play towards people's expectations.

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armysniperdan
armysniperdan

it's like last year when this hack was headlining EDC after he won the DJ Mag Top 100 DJ back in 2011, he told Las Vegas Weekly that he deserves sole credit for brining EDM to the US, he is soo full of himself, I've been listening to real EDM since the 90's and I never heard of these top 40 hack DJ's like him, Afrojack, Skrillex, Avicii, until after 2010 and these jack asses are runing EDM with their top 40 garbage, recycled beats and music theft

sam
sam

David Guetta must be having trouble with his self and make a lot of downs for his listening to his music. I guess a little briefing or practice will be okay for him. Find out more music and concert updates and reviews at Northwest Concert & Events Blog.

Kate M
Kate M

The genre doesn't matter if the DJing sucks.  Afrojack, Benny Benassi and Nicky Romero are apart of the same genre (House, Electro House and now this mainstream Pop House) and they collaborate all the time with Guetta.  Were their sets as awful as this? Absolutely not. His transitions weren't fluid and he faded in and out of the tracks too many times.  I've heard about Guetta being a pretty terrible DJ but I really didn't think he'd be as bad as he was; an embarrassment, really.

J-Dove
J-Dove

You should probably write on topics you're familiar with. You obviously don't know this genre smh

Kyle Münzenrieder
Kyle Münzenrieder

I know electronic music pretty well. Maybe not the current mainstream stuff that populates the Ultra mainstage so well, but I know my history and what makes a good DJ set. 

I like Guetta as a producer. That's why I volunteered to cover him. A lot of his tracks are really fun, but this set just left me wanting a little bit more. 

Kate M
Kate M

Are you people kidding me? I watched that set after Sander, Ferry and Armin owned the ASOT 550 tent with amazing music. We sauntered on over the main stage to watch Guetta embarrass himself.  It was as if a toddler got a hold of some decks and fell asleep on them.  Not to mention, Avicii dropped the EXACT same track with Levels and Somebody That I Used to Know mixed together the night before.  This article isn't nearly as harsh as it should be.  You'll NEVER hear Carl Cox or Armin fade a track to talk nonsense for 30 seconds and they've been in this longer than Guetta ever has.  Those are the real gurus of edm.  I give props to Guetta for being a talented producer, but his DJing is absolute crap.

armysniperdan
armysniperdan

@Kate M 

the only thing Guetta and Avicii are known for is recycling beats

Entuojo
Entuojo

hahahaha.. guetta sucks!!!!

Jesse
Jesse

The fact that you spelled Avicii wrong makes me never want to read an article written by you again. Guetta is a pioneer of dance music and without him events like this wouldnt even be possbile. You're and idiot my friend.

armysniperdan
armysniperdan

@Jesse  

Pioneer my ass, using top 40 pop and hip hop artist makes you a Top 40 DJ, not an EDM DJ, Mr No Talented Guetta is not EDM

Legaltenderllc
Legaltenderllc

Avicii's set was horrible!!! with the exception of the first song. I hear levels one more time im going to shoot myself in the face

Lex Aviles
Lex Aviles

It's articles like these that really piss me off. Guetta has been, and will always be an it factor for EDM. As much as you want to bash him with intricate paragraphs, it doesn't matter at the end of the day. He's an original, been around since before electronic music was even popular in the states, and etc... You sir are pathetic, and a poor journalist, attacking someone's accent, really? get out of Miami.

Kyle Münzenrieder
Kyle Münzenrieder

First of all, the French accent is undeniably sexy.  

Second of all, I've been a fan of EDM since before its growing popularity in the states (with, uh, what, teenagers?). I don't hate Guetta, I just don't think this set was that great. 

Jameslagrosas
Jameslagrosas

High Five for our main Man, David Guetta. His music surely gets the fans go wild and shaky. Great concert. I really love your music and your remixes.

Matt Cosio
Matt Cosio

Kyle Munz clearly wasn't having a good time, sounds like you are pushing for a little shock value in this article. Bashing the hosts word choice at intro, the djs set pick, the fact that Guetta pasued to appreciate the moment with some buddies on stage and then even insulting his accent just makes me happy you weren't rollin with me and my crew.

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